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Phoenix Academy team explores water conservation through Curiosity Quest

Apple Valley, Calif. (news release)- A team of eighth-grade students from Phoenix Academy was recently selected to participate in Mojave Water Agency’s Curiosity Quest Problem Solvers program.

The group has been challenged to compete against five other middle school and high school teams to find a solution to an assigned water conservation problem. The team presented their findings to a panel of judges on Nov. 16 in hopes of securing the coveted champion title and a cash prize for their school.

“We are up against some high school students, but are ready for the challenge,” said Karen Haresky, Phoenix Academy teacher. “We are all super excited.”

The competition is being filmed for a PBS television show with the same name and the episode is expected to air in 2018.  Competing teams include Montara Elementary, the Academy for Academic Excellence, Goodwill Education Center, Hesperia High School and University Preparatory School. Competition results will be announced at Mojave Water Agency’s High Desert Water Summit on Feb. 2 at High Desert Church.

To see an example of a past Curiosity Quest Problem Solver segment, please click here.

The Phoenix team met with Dr. So, AVUSD Board President and civil engineer with 40+ years experience, to discuss their ideas regarding a design to help with water conservation.
(Photo courtesy Apple Valley Unified School District)

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